Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Today we went to Jaresh, Jordan where we saw these Roman ruins and many, many more. The "hit" of the day was that Anna was followed and confronted everywhere we went by these young Arabic girls. They were in awe of her hair, in awe of the fact that she was American, they would seek her out, ask to have their picture taken with her and asked her lots of questions. She got a brief taste of what it is like to be a movie star. HA HA. Pictures of our trip will be posted next week. Thanks to the people who "allowed" me to use these images from Google.
Tomorrow...Floating in the Dead Sea, Touring the Mosaics works of Madaba, and viewing Petra, made famous in Indiana Jones (with Sean Connery). Having fun...wish you were here!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
This is one of my favorite shots of the festival...maybe of my whole time here. It tells so much...the piece of artwork featuring the eyes of a young muslim woman with our workers looking through the hallway at the action below (it looks like "bars" but it's just the way one of our outside walls looks). These workers are so often viewing the action from a distance.
We have over 45 countries represented in our school ,although the majority of students are from Kuwait and Lebanon. On Thurday, we had over 1200 students in our auditorium, grades 1-12 for an hour and a half assembly. I was the MC and I'm happy to say that EVERYONE survived!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Although I've had a "thing" for Pink Flamingos for a long time (even made it the theme for my son's graduation a couple years ago), I've never actually seen one other than on TV or in a snowdome. But, Friday morning I enjoyed a rare treat. I went with friends TK and C to a back water bay area where there were hundreds of flamingos. Who knew that Kuwait was the winter vacation spot for the beautiful pink birds? The picture would have been better if I had a telephoto, but it captures one of the images that will always be in my brain.
They are HUGE birds in real life. Much bigger than I imagined. And they walk just like a camel. Seriously. As they were travelling along the edge of the bay, looking for food, they looked like a caravan of camels walking. Yes, you could say that the heat has gone to my brain (it is really hot here now... in the 90s) but TK and C agreed with me.
Of course the day wouldn't have been complete without the breakfast at Starbucks AND the breakfast at the restaurant near by and the wonderful conversation with friends. C is from France (or, as she says "fraannhce") and she's lived in many countries. TK is from Colorado and truly one of the most gentle souls I've ever met.
Pink Birds and Latte..what a great way to start the weekend.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We began the adventure with a typical kuwait heart-stopping moment as the taxi driver was late. And then he didn't quite know where we were going. But finally between David's hand signals and my grunts, we made it, only a couple minutes late.
David was apprehensive about the surgery, I mean, any time someone says," I'll just slice into your eye and suck something out" , gotta feel nervous right? He said "I didn't expect it to be so much of an actual surgery including lying on a bed and being taken to the operating room, watching the lights pass before me as I was wheeled down to surgery". I think he was expecting to have the doctor say "remove your glasses, I'm going to cut now". It was a little more complicated than that with an anesthesialogist and surgeon and two nurses in the room. But he was a trouper.
I was brave..i went to Starbucks and had a lattee while I was waiting. Fortunately the surgery was only about 20 minutes long. (just enough time for a cup of coffee)
Medical facilities and operations are quite upscale and nice here in Kuwait. There's even an attendant who brings juice and a croissant after surgery.
The most exciting part of the day came when we were waiting for the taxi to pick up us. At least 15 cop cars went by on the main road in a space of 3 minutes and i was thinking, "holy cow this is the mother lode of all accidents". Then there was an empty space without traffic and i looked up to see four red vehicles surrounding a black limosine racing down the highway, followed by three big black vehicles with the windows open and gunmen poised ready to shoot (no joke!) then about 15 more police cars, two ambulances and then a large space before any other cars were on the road. My guess is that the Amir went out for coffee or something. It definately was someone important based on all the hub bub. Poor David couldn't see anything but I tried to describe the excitement.
Right now David sorta looks like a sadder version of Jack Sparrow with a big patch on his eye. (no dredlocks though) Tomorrow he gets the patch off and we "see what he can see".
Monday, March 8, 2010
It was hard for JL to have the premiere of his first published book so far from home, but the AIS "family" tried to help him along. It is great fun to have an author amongst us. Next year, the family will return to CA and JL will be a full time author (the publishers have already optioned him for a second book!)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
And finally, I discovered that i once again put the wrong numbers on something when I wasn't wearing my glasses which could have resulted in a student getting disqualified from a tournament
(he was born in 1996 not 1993 but I placed the incorrect numbers on his application!)
Anyway, so I was convinced that it was time to head to the eye doctor. But first, we had to get David taken care of. He's developing a cataract in his left eye, his BAD eye. So we've been on a mission to get it taken care of. He's going to have surgery within the next ten days. The surgeon says it's a 15 minute operation...unbelievable!
So since it was an eye day, we went off to the place where I was recommended to see about my eyes. The eye person (I don't think he was an optomitrist (sp?) but he knew what he was doing. He convinced me that I didn't need new glasses, that I didn't need to have an upgrade, and he fully explained the whole rational for me, and fixed my current glasses, AND...didn't charge me a thing! He said "this is Kuwait, we don't charge like they do in the US". Unbelievable.
In general, medical things are easier, quicker and cheaper here than in the US. We usually make appointment about 2 hours in advance and never have to wait more than 15 minutes for an appointment. It's safe, clean, efficient and convenient. This past fall, I called for a doctor appointment for David and Anna...and they got one at 11 pm at night! (It was Ramadan and the offices were open from 3 pm to 12 am).
I'll keep you posted on David's surgery. But at least know that we feel safe and in good hands.